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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive

With the introduction of offline storage (in the form of tape and punch cards, later floppy disks, hard drives and cards), computer users began to create and acquire all manner of data to use with their machines. Programs, textfiles, and later images, sound and moving image data would be collected in the course of computer ownership and maintenance. Over time, this collection would sometimes resemble a pile, or a library, or an archive. The unifying theme would only be that they were all on the same storage medium.

This collection is meant to be a deep storage archive of these sets of files and data, fused together as originally acquired from efforts to preserve them. Sometimes the files ran together on a bulletin board system, while others are collections of images disks or cassettes that were in the possession of one person.

The ideal situation would be a legion of curated displays and presentation of this data to an audience, or as fully-described datasets for the purposes of research and historical knowledge. Over time, these collections may find new iterations as such museum pieces and study aids, but for now they are gathered groups of information, awaiting the computer history equivalent of "crate diggers" going through "the stacks" to find precious forgotten history.

Researchers will also want to visit TOSEC, the Old School Emulation Center collection, and the gathered collection of FTP Sites at the FTP Site Boneyeard.

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The Vintage Software Collection
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software
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data
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texts
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2016
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2013
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2003
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(No Date)
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68K
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Apple
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MacClassic
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MacOS
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Macintosh
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PowerMac
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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
software
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This is a collection of Macintosh software disk images ranging from the mid-80's to the late '90's.  The formats include 400K MFS, 800 HFS, 1.44 HFS, original CD images & custom disk images that I have created.   No guarantees that 20+ year-old software will actually work, although all the of the disk images except for the 400K MFS disks have been successfully mounted using Mac OSX 10.6 and Mac OS 9.2.2.
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Topics: MacClassic, Macintosh, MacOS, Apple, PowerPC, PowerMac, 68K
Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
software
eye 2,228
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Extremely large archives of a wide variety of software, for research and comparison going forward. To browse the collection, click on these links: OLD_SOFTWARE_0 OLD_SOFTWARE_99MISC OLD_SOFTWARE_A OLD_SOFTWARE_B OLD_SOFTWARE_C OLD_SOFTWARE_D OLD_SOFTWARE_E OLD_SOFTWARE_F OLD_SOFTWARE_G OLD_SOFTWARE_H OLD_SOFTWARE_I OLD_SOFTWARE_J OLD_SOFTWARE_K OLD_SOFTWARE_L OLD_SOFTWARE_M OLD_SOFTWARE_N OLD_SOFTWARE_O OLD_SOFTWARE_P OLD_SOFTWARE_Q OLD_SOFTWARE_R OLD_SOFTWARE_S OLD_SOFTWARE_T OLD_SOFTWARE_U...
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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive
software
eye 1,441
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Culled from the FTP site ftp.cvut.cz (which has now removed them), this collection consists of legacy DOS device drivers for a variety of peripherals, including CD-ROM drives, EPROMs, EISA, IDE, LAN, Motherboards, Mice, Modems, Printers and Scanners. To browse the collection click here .
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So, I guess hoarding every single textfile on winmx was my deal or something at the time. There was this thing where to allow propogation of new server files, all files (I believe) < 32K were allowed to skip the queue, so textfiles could be easily hoarded. There's probably a bunch of sketchy junk in here. I had a "download all the things" attitude at the time, so none of this should reflect me, but should hopefully be a pretty accurate representation of textfiles on WINMX in 2003....
Topics: textfiles, filesharing, winmx
Random collection of DOS and Windows 3.1 Games, from various parts of the 1990s.
FILES.CHATNFILES.COM Download (July 2016)